Strive to clean your carpet as soon as you notice any spills or spots on you carpet's surface. This action alone can save lots of time and money as you keep your carpet from getting damaged, as well. Simple cleaning tip, but amazing result!
• NEVER MIX CLEANING PROCUTS. Fumes from mixing cleaning products can be hazardous to your health.
• Do not apply any cleaning product directly into the surface to be cleaned.
• Always test the cleaning solution at an inconspicuous region before using it.
• Keep children safe! Keep cleaning supplies out of children reach!
If you enjoy going barefoot or even if you don’t, kick your shoes off at the door. Why remove your shoes? If you have a rough board that needs smoothing you grab a sheet of sandpaper for the job. Guess what’s on the bottom of your shoes? Sand and dirt grind away at the fibers in your carpet causing them an early death. A closer look at the bottoms of those shoes and you’ll find oil, dirt and heaven only knows how many tidbits of left over dog deposits. Small wonder why your floor or carpet stubbornly refuses to come clean. Do wear slippers or socks inside. The oil from the bottom of your feet also dirties the carpet.
Vacuum your carpet regularly, and do not use liquid carpet shampoos to clean them. Ever wash your hair and forget to rinse out all the shampoo? The same thing happens to your carpet. The shampoo can’t be completely rinsed out leaving a sticky residue. That residue acts like a big old magnet pulling the dirt from the bottom of your shoes. Now you have clean shoes and even dirtier carpets.
Getting out old shampoo becomes the trick. Rent a shampoo machine that cleans with water. Mix 1 cup vinegar per 2 ½ gallons of water and clean according to directions. Go back over the carpet with warm water only. The vinegar pulls out the old shampoo cleaning the carpet as well. It may take a time or two, but your carpets will be soft and free from grime. The hot water reactivates the shampoo already in the carpet providing the needed cleansing action.
Stains in carpet can be the dickens to remove. Never rub a stain, just blot. Rubbing breaks down the fibers and spreads the stain. Remove most food stains with shaving cream. Spray on and resist the temptation to rub it in then let it set 15 minutes. Rinse with a vinegar and water solution.
Before cleaning any surface areas, use a small portion of your cleaning product(s) over a small and hidden area to avoid damage or discoloring of the carpet.
If You Plan to Shampoo Your Carpet, first try these pre-cleaning steps:
To Neutralize Odors
Borax and cornmeal. Sprinkle the carpet with a mixture of 1 cup Borax and 2 cups cornmeal. Let this mixture stand for an hour before vacuuming.
Combine 3/4 cup baking soda, 2 tbs. corn starch, and 1/4 cup perfumed talcum powder. Sprinkle on dry carpet, let stand 5 to 15 minutes, then vacuum.
Common Stain Removal
Clean up spills as fast as you can. Blot or scrape up as much of the spill as possible, blotting from the outside toward the center.
Red Stain Removal
Club soda generally removes red wine stains. Remove red dye stains (found in drink mixes, Popsicles, dog and cat food) with a 30/70 solution of peroxide to water. Remember peroxide is bleach so test an inconspicuous spot first for color fastness.
Apply the mixture, wait 30 minutes then remove as much moisture as possible and rinse with a vinegar/ water solution. If the stain remains add a bit more peroxide to the mixture and retreat.
Food Stain Removal
Brake cleaner also does a good quick job of removing most food stains. Dab a little on a clean cloth and gently blot the stain. Rinse with soap and water. Brake cleaner contains the same chemical professional dry cleaners use to clean stains in clothing.
Do not pour brake cleaner directly into the carpet. It could dissolve the adhesive holding the fibers in the carpet. Oops, the dog had an accident and the stain and smell refuse all attempts at removal.
First try an enzyme product. Pour on enough to saturate to the pad and treat an area twice as large as the stain. Urine hits the pad and spreads. Let it set a couple of hours. You’ll find enzyme products at Pet stores, RV or marine stores. They are used in the holding tanks to dissolve solid material.
Oil and Grease Stains
Oil, grease, magic marker and ink can be the dickens to remove. Most janitorial companies or WalMart carry a product called DeSolvit. WD40 or Orange Clean all work wonders removing these stubborn stains. Rubbing alcohol removes ink. Blot on allow to set 30 minutes and blot to remove. Rinse with sudsy water.
Magic marker is generally permanent and you may not be able to remove it.
Bubble Gum Stains
Freeze gum with ice cubes and chip off what you can with the blunt side of a kitchen knife. DeSolveit removes the rest.
Freeze with ice and chip off what you can with the blunt side of a knife. Wax needs heat for removal. Some of the newer carpets are quite sensitive to heat and scorch easily. So test an out of the way spot first. You can also use a hair dryer set to the hottest setting.
Set your iron to a low to medium heat. The less heat you use, the less chance of scorching your carpet. Take a white paper towel or paper bag with no writing on it (the dye will transfer to the carpet) Put the towel down on top of the wax and iron the towel for no longer than 2 seconds. Move the towel and redo if necessary. Generally once is enough.
Dents and Depressions
(From furniture or heavy objects.) Shift location of furniture from time to time. Brush the dented area, or use a grooming tool to loosen and stand-up the mashed tufts. Using a steam iron, steam the dented area lightly and brush up the tufts with your fingertips. Do not let iron touch the carpet. Hold the iron 2-3 inches above the carpet.
(For carpets containing acrylic or mod-acrylic, use the warm setting on a hair dryer, as steam may melt the fibers.) To avoid further crushing, use casters under furniture legs.